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Rochester, Windsor County, Vermont Genealogy

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Brief History[edit | edit source]

Rochester was chartered: July 30, 1781 by the Independent Republic of Vermont. Rochester has the largest amount of land in Windsor County, with over 36,000 acres.

When the ill-starred town of Philadelphia was divided up among its neighbors, Rochester and Goshen got Philadelphia Peak, a 3,168-foot-high giant that sits astride their mutual boundary. The name of the mountain is the only thing left as a reminder that Vermont once had a town named to honor the birthplace of the US Constitution.[1][2]

Historical Data
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Town Histories[edit | edit source]

History of the town of Rochester, Vt, by Wendall Wales Williams - Find this book in a library.

Rochester, Vermont: its history, 1780-1975, with illustrations and maps, by the Rochester Town History Committee - Find this book in a library.

Vital Records
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FamilySearch Historical Records Collection has Vermont birth, death, and marriage records online.

Probate Records
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The probate district for Rochester is Hartford.
Hartford Probate Court
62 Pleasant Street
PO Box 275
Woodstock, VT 05091
Phone: (802) 457-1503

City Directories
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Maps[edit | edit source]

Map of modern Rochester.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of cemeteries in present-day Rochester. For location of cemeteries, see Cemeteries of Vermont, Windsor County, website at this link.

Churches
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1. Federated Church of Rochester
15 N Main St.
Rochester, VT 05767
Phone: (802) 767-3012

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Digital images of Rochester Town records 1903-1997 are available online at FamilySearch.

The Family History Library has microfilm of original records from the Rochester Town Clerk's Office. These include Land records, 1784-1907, Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1751-1997; indexes to births, marriages, deaths, and Town records, 1782-1920.

Rochester Town Clerk
P.O. Box 238
Rochester, VT 05767
Phone: (80) 767-3631
Email: rochestertown@comcast.net
Website: http://www.rochestervermont.org/

Newspapers
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The Herald of Randolph

Libraries and Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

Rochester Historical Society
22 South Main Street
Rochester, VT 05767
Telephone: (802) 767-4453
E-mail: admin@rochesterhistorical.org
Website: http://www.rochesterhistorical.org/

Rochester Public Library
P.O. Box 256
Rochester, Vermont 05767
Phone: (802) 767-3927
Email: rochester@vals.state.vt.us
Website: http://www.rochestervtpubliclibrary.com/

References[edit | edit source]

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